Recovery of a Loot Box Junkie

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Recently, the video game industry has gotten itself into quite a quagmire regarding the implementation of loot boxes in video games. For those that don’t know, loot boxes are items in video games that, when opened, will give you a random item from a larger pool of items. Most loot box systems will have certain… Continue reading Recovery of a Loot Box Junkie

2017 JRPG Roundup

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It’s been a little while since I’ve talked about JRPGs, so with the new year upon us, it seems fitting to take a glance at the JRPGs of 2017 that I played. For all that it was a less than pleasant year in other respects, it also proved to be a pretty stellar year in… Continue reading 2017 JRPG Roundup

When Casual and Competitive Gamers! Meet

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The new Summer anime Gamers! surprised me with the direction the ending took. The show starts off like a normal romantic comedy: normal guy Keita Amano suddenly gets approached by the most popular girl at school, Karen Tendou. Turns out she’s a gamer, and she invites Keita to join her Game Club, full of highly… Continue reading When Casual and Competitive Gamers! Meet

Something More: Christian Anime Characters, Death Note Methodology, and the Reverse-Blade Gospel

Hola mi amigos! Samura here, back with another edition of Something More. This month, we have a couple posts that are different than our usual line-up of faith and anime, and more posts than ever! TWWK would like to introduce one of these links: Thanks, Samaru! I'll start us off with a really thoughtful piece that's… Continue reading Something More: Christian Anime Characters, Death Note Methodology, and the Reverse-Blade Gospel

StarStruck: Be Honest With Your Needs

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Note: Due to changes in the direction of this blog, this will be my last post under the (admittedly short-lived) StarStruck column. Don't worry; this is not the last of my posts by any means! I will continue to regularly publish posts, just without a column name; the nature of those posts will remain the… Continue reading StarStruck: Be Honest With Your Needs

The Top Five Final Fantasies

In lieu of my usual attempts to wrest theological insights from video games, I thought that this time around I'd post a top five list of my favourite Final Fantasy titles, and use it to showcase some of my bad fan art. It's a series I've been a big fan of since since my early… Continue reading The Top Five Final Fantasies

Moral Discernment in Shin Megami Tensei

A couple months ago I finished Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey for the Nintendo DS. It was one of the most gruelling video game experiences of my life, so much so that I soldiered on through the last few hours less out of a quest for entertainment than out of a demented determination to not… Continue reading Moral Discernment in Shin Megami Tensei

Tales of Berseria and Eleanor Hume’s Search for Truth

Lately I’ve been playing Tales of Berseria, the newest addition to the “Tales” JRPG series. It’s definitely a fun game, but the quality of the characters and plot stands out most of all. In particular, the protagonist is a girl named Velvet who is dead set on revenge and she doesn’t care how many people… Continue reading Tales of Berseria and Eleanor Hume’s Search for Truth

StarStruck: Fire Emblem Awakening – A Priest, a Scientist, and a Church

With my new StarStruck column, I can sometimes talk about Japan-based media outside of anime. So today, I will be talking about a character from Fire Emblem: Awakening. One of my favorite games of all time, Awakening is the 13th game in the Fire Emblem series and the game that brought the franchise out of obscurity and made it into one… Continue reading StarStruck: Fire Emblem Awakening – A Priest, a Scientist, and a Church

Project X Zone: The Unified Body

When you have several game companies come together to make a game, magic happens. It's occurred with Kingdom Hearts, King of Fighters, Marvel vs. Capcom, Smash Bros., and an obscure title called Project X Zone. This is one of those Japanese titles that didn't get much advertisement because of how many uncommon characters are present. It's… Continue reading Project X Zone: The Unified Body